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[bawr-duh m, bohr-] /ˈbɔr dəm, ˈboʊr-/
the state of being bored; tedium; ennui.
Origin of boredom
First recorded in 1850-55; bore1+ -dom
dullness, doldrums, weariness.
excitement, diversion, amusement. Unabridged
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  • But are they not also, to a great extent, frightened of themselves and running away from boredom?

  • "I've heard it all before," Rat said, with a note of boredom in his reedy voice.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • That unoccupied future, with the boredom of approaching old age, was a very nightmare to him.

    The Hidden Force Louis Couperus
  • boredom had settled heavily over his outlook on the operation.

    A Fine Fix R. C. Noll
  • He fled from the boredom of his home in Valenciennes, yet he died longing to return.

    Watteau C. Lewis Hind
British Dictionary definitions for boredom


the state of being bored; tedium
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for boredom

"state of being bored," 1852, from bore (v.1) + -dom. It also has been employed in a sense "bores as a class" (1883) and "practice of being a bore" (1864, a sense properly belonging to boreism, 1833).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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